Yadriel has summoned a ghost, and now he can’t get rid of him.
When his traditional Latinx family has problems accepting his gender, Yadriel becomes determined to prove himself a real brujo. With the help of his cousin and best friend Maritza, he performs the ritual himself, and then sets out to find the ghost of his murdered cousin and set it free.
However, the ghost he summons is actually Julian Diaz, the school’s resident bad boy, and Julian is not about to go quietly into death. He’s determined to find out what happened and tie up some loose ends before he leaves. Left with no choice, Yadriel agrees to help Julian, so that they can both get what they want. But the longer Yadriel spends with Julian, the less he wants to let him leave.
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review
My Rating: 5 Stars
Holy. Cow. This was a book that I didn’t know I needed in my life until I started it. Do you ever read a book that so completely takes you by surprise? I expected to like this book, the synopsis alone is intriguing as hell. I did not expect to ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT. Seriously it blew me away in the best way possible.
I’ll start by saying that this is the first YA novel that I’ve read with a trans MC and I was absolutely HERE for it. I felt for Yadriel and his constant struggles with his family, the incessant correcting of pronouns and names. He was such an easy character to connect with that I immediately wanted to fight anyone who ever hurt him. Basically, he is my new favorite cinnamon roll character. Come at him, I dare you.
Julian, the main love interest, is essentially my spirit animal. You know the dog from the movie UP, Doug? Yeah, Julian is like that dog brought to life. Well, with a more developed character and personality of course, but you get the gist. He was the most perfect comedic relief and as a secondary character he absolutely stole my heart. Speaking of secondary characters, I feel like Maritza would personally climb out of the pages of this novel and skin me alive for waiting so long to mention her. She was the perfect witty. loyal and sassy sidekick for Yadriel, and her fierce protectiveness had me falling in love with her almost instantly.
The magic system in Cemetery Boys is unlike anything I’ve ever read and I was absolutely entranced by both it and the latin culture the book incorporated. The entire book was diverse and shined a bright light on issues that are prevalent in our society today.
I don’t know what else to say but READ THIS BOOK! It will absolutely be one that I reread frequently in the coming years…or months…maybe weeks…quite possibly tomorrow.